Rocks hang on to pull ahead in A final
ELORA – The Elora Rocks built a four-goal lead then hung on to edge the Milverton Four-Wheel Drives 6-4 in Western Ontario Athletic Association senior men’s hockey league’s A championship series play Friday night at the Elora and District Community Centre.
The result gives Elora a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
The Rocks scored the lone goal of the first period and stretched their lead to 4-1 by the end of the second period. They added another goal early in the third before Milverton came back thanks to a natural hat trick by Brent Freeman. However, an empty-netter by Elora’s Chad Herron with 19 seconds to play sealed the victory.
Lyam Cripps struck for two goals for the Rocks while Bradey Prosic, Spencer Gourlay, Shawn Lantz and Herron each had one goal. Herron and Stevie Alvo collected three assists apiece while single assists were awarded to goaltender Craig Byford, Prosic and Gourlay.
Freeman scored all four goals for Milverton while Mike Therrien assisted on three of them and Dennis Dewar, Andrew Brubacher, Andrew Tapsell and Brandon Quan each had one assist.
Byford picked up the win in the Elora net while Brayden Bruce took the loss for Milverton.
The Rocks went 2-for-5 on their power play while the Drives went 1-for-3.
Fourth game of the series is scheduled for Saturday at Milverton’s Perth East Recreation Complex. Game time is 8:30 p.m.
The A section of the playoffs is for teams that finished ninth or below in the 14-team league.
Rocks 6 Four Wheel Drives 4
1. Elora, Prosic (Herron), 12:28.
2. Elora, Cripps (Alvo, Byford), 9:36 pp
3. Elora, Gourlay (Alvo, Herron), 12:50 pp
4. Milverton, Freeman (Therrien, Dewar), 16:21
5. Elora, Cripps (Prosic, Alvo), 18:09
Penalties: Dewar Milv (slashing), 0:22; Quan Milv (high sticking), 8:07; Boertien Milv (roughing), 11:59; Di Florio Elora (goaltender interference), 14:10.
6. Elora, Lantz (Gourlay, Herron), 1:06
7. Milverton, Freeman (Therrien, Brubacher), 2:43 pp
8. Milverton, Freeman (Therrien, Tapsell), 4:55
9. Milverton, Freeman (Quan), 9:41 sh
10. Elora, Herron (unassisted), 19:41 en
Penalties: Quan Milv (cross-checking, roughing), Di Florio Elora (slashing, roughing), Coverdale Elora (roughing), 1:32; Merriam Milv (unsportsmanlike conduct), Noble Elora (unsportsmanlike conduct), 8:03; Watson Milv (instigating, fighting, gross misconduct), Di Florio Elora (fighting, game misconduct), 9:27; Gaffney Elora (hooking), 12:33; Therrien Milv (instigating misconduct), 15:45.
Goalies: Bruce (L), Milverton; Byford (W), Elora
Power Plays (goals-chances): Milverton 1-3; Elora 2-5.
- Guelph Sports Journal